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South Africa versus the world: The Caster Semenya affair

Publié par Clifford Armion le 26/08/2009

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Daniel Howden

"With plastic horns blaring, a surging crowd dressed in yellow and green and printed placards filling the airport, travellers arriving at Johannesburg airport yesterday might have thought the World Cup had started early. But the raucous and indignant crowd were there for a political rally of sorts, the homecoming parade for an 18-year-old world champion whose victory has been overshadowed by questions over her gender.

"Any hopes that Caster Semenya had of a quiet return to her old life were blown away as her new status as a national heroine was shouted to the rooftops.

"The newspapers that declared her "Our First Lady of Sport" or "Our Golden Girl" had become printed placards and were being handed out in their hundreds outside as people defied the cold for a glimpse of an overnight sensation."

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"South Africa versus the world: The Caster Semenya affair", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2009. Consulté le 22/05/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/south-africa-versus-the-world-the-caster-semenya-affair